Water Fluoridation

Since water is the most important elements on earth we need to be aware of the effects on human health. Water fluoridation means to minimise the addition of fluoride in public drinking water which helps to reduce tooth decay and controls cavity. The addition of flouride is either natural or it can be added.


When natural water has fluoridation we need to deflouriditise because it exceeds the level. According to the World Health Organisation the level of fluoride should be 0.5-1.0 mg/l depending upon the climate.
Dental health is a major concern in many children and adults.Almost 60%-90% of them suffer from dental problems and a lot is spend on the treatment as compared to other disease.
Water fluoridation may cause dental problems however these problems are not adverse but can sometimes alter the effect of developing teeth.
Fluoride effects depends on the daily intake and the main source is drinking water, other sources are milk, salt and toothpaste.
The main goal of water fluoridation is to prevent tooth decay and the introduction of fluoride toothpaste has helped to prevent tooth decay to a large extend.Since water is the main source that carries a lot of disease, water fluoridation prevents chronic diseases for which children and poor people are more prone to it. The difference in the levels in fluoride cause toxic effects.

Benefits of drinking Fluoridation water:

Fluoride has always been safe in drinking water as it prevents tooth decay but scientists still don’t know the negative impact on people, plants, animal and the environment.
There are 3 additives- sodium fluoride, sodium fluorosilicate, and fluorosilicic acid which adjust the natural fluoride level in water.
Impact on infants- Fluoride water is good for infants during their first year as it plays an important role in developing the enamel fluorosis.

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